Sierra

Sierra is a magazine specializing in Environmental topics.

Articles from Vol. 82, No. 1, January-February

Majority Rules, and It's Green
If the 1996 elections failed to tip the balance of power in Washington, D.C., they did alter the political landscape in one significant respect. Voters have sent politicians an unmistakable message: don't mess with the environment. America's headline...
Making the Ties That Win
Given his state's history of green stewardship, John Andrews should have more time than he does for leisurely contemplation of the natural world. Massachusetts, after all, was home to such naturalist and literary lights as Ralph Waldo Emerson and...
Minding the Mines
The recent inclusion of mining operations in the Toxics Release Inventory will shine a bright light into some very dark holes. Previously, large chemical makers like Dow, DuPont, and Monsanto have dominated the list of top polluters. But western mine...
None Dare Call It Reason
Some people apparently don't have enough to worry about. Like Michael Coffman, president of a misleadingly named outfit in Maine called Environmental Perspectives, Inc.: "There is a well-funded, well-organized plan developed by the United Nations...
Power to the People; Are You Willing to Pay More for Clean Energy?
One evening last June, Traverse City Light & Power, a municipal utility serving 8,000 customers in northern Michigan, threw a party to dedicate its new wind turbine, which stands in a cornfield two miles from town. The festive ceremony had a giddy,...
The Rest of the Story
Radio commentator Paul Harvey likes to talk about "the rest of the story" -- the common-sense facts behind a public controversy left out of most news accounts. Harvey's conception of "facts," though, is rather loose: he joined Rush Limbaugh, for example,...
To Every Fruit Their Is a Season
By the shores of Iceberg Lake in the shadow of the Minarets, I took out the fresh fruit I had hoarded in my pack all week. It was silly to carry the extra weight, of course, but I wanted to splurge. I did feel foolish, though, when reading the little...